Tuesday, April 26, 2011

K.R.'s Current Sad Complaint

It's Really Dry In South Texas . . . and Other Religious Lore

It's so dry in South Texas that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling, the Methodists are using wet-wipes, the Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks, and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water. 

. . . and while on the subject of the relationship between religion and water, there's this:

Three little boys were concerned because they couldn't get anyone to play with them. They decided it was because they had not been baptized and didn't go to Sunday school
So they went to the nearest church. But, only the janitor was there.

One little boy said, "We need to be baptized because no one will come out and play with us. Will you baptize us?"

Sure," said the janitor.

He took them into the bathroom and dunked their little heads in the toilet bowl, one at a time. Then he said, "You are now baptized!"

When they got outside, one of them asked, "What religion do you think we are?"

The oldest one said, "We're not Kathlick, because they pour the water on you."

"We're not Babtis, because they dunk all of you in the water."

"We're not Methdiss, because they just sprinkle water on you."
 
The littlest one said, "Didn't you smell that water?"

They all joined in asking, 'Yeah! What do you think that means?'

"I think it means we're Pisskopailians!"

Our System of Just Us

Glenn Greenwald in an excellent Salon.com essay (to which a link is supplied in the post immediately following this one) notes that it's long been clear that this is Obama's understanding of a "nation of laws": the most powerful political and financial elites who commit the most egregious crimes are to be shielded from the consequences of their lawbreaking -- [citing numerous examples, ending with the way in which Wall Street executives were permitted to plunder with impunity -- while the most powerless figures (such as a 23-year-old Army Private and a slew of other low-level whistleblowers) who expose the corruption and criminality of those elites are to be mercilessly punished. * * * Merciless, due-process-free punishment is for the powerless, full-scale immunity is for the powerful. "Nation of laws" indeed.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Obama's Topsy Turvy System of Justice

Our Chosen One has indeed brought change to America, change in our system of justice that surpasses even that envisioned in Alice in Wonderland or under Richard Nixon.

In the fanciful novel the Queen of Hearts screeches [s]entence first - verdict afterward to Alice and the disgraced and disgraceful former president publicly declared Charles Manson guilty before the then accused mass murderer
had been convicted. 

Obama has done even more in the case of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of having leaked embarrassing classified cable to WikiLeaks. Obama has completely reversed the order of things. He has Manning punished first, then declared his guilt, and finally, at some point, presumably, the chief magistrate will have the young soldier tried.

As is set forth in the April 14 and 15 posts hereinbelow and the reports linked there, Manning has been tortured and imprisoned under harshly inhumane conditions for more than ten months.

Second, when confronted during the past week with protests over the young soldier's treatment in detention, Obama proclaimed Manning guilty of having broken the law. Details of this are set forth here and here.

Third and finally, we will perhaps have the still-to-come trial. Unlike Danial Ellsberg, who was proclaimed a noble hero for leaking the Pentagon Papers, Manning presumably will be brought to trial at some point. The proceeding has every prospect of being a show trial that would make Stalin proud. It will feature a defendant who in all likelihood will have been rendered compliant and submissive by his pretrial treatment whose fate will be determined by military officers subordinate to the commander in chief who already has proclaimed the defendant guilty.

One can only hope to avoid becoming a target of Mr. Obama's system of justice . . . that of course is unless one is a  threatening truncheon-wielding New Black Panther Party thug engaged in the intimidation of voters.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Noteworthy Book Excerpts

The founders intended the new nation to be a light unto the world, a beacon of hope to show others the way. But they strongly resisted the urge to force their views on others. In the earliest days of the Republic, they lacked the power to do so, but that was not entirely by accident. Rather, the Framers of the Constitution deliberately constrained the new government's power, especially the power to go to war, because they believed that such power would alter what they saw as the proper balance between the different branches of government, and, even more important, between the government and the people. George Washington -- the founder who could legitimately claim the title of military hero -- saw military power as purely an instrument of politics, and he feared, as he said in his Farewell Address, "those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty."

Another general-turned-president, Dwight David Eisenhower, similarly feared the effect that massive military spending and a permanent sense of crisis and warfare would have on the nation's character.
*     *     *     *     *
Oftentimes . . . foreign interventions are not intended to advance U.S. interests: the interventions are, as their advocates suggest, "gifts" intended for the benefit of others. But because our government's enumerated powers do not include the right to give such gifts -- paid for by U.S. taxpayers -- Washington often attempts to justify such acts on the grounds that U.S. interests are at stake, even when they are not.

The above are excerpts from an excellent recent book
entitled The Power Problem -- How American
Military Dominance Makes Us less Safe,
Less Prosperous and Less Free
By Christopher A. Preble

European people were seen by the founders of our nation as having been kept in perpetual poverty by having to bear the costs of their rulers' unending wars, and John Quincy Adams was reflecting the founders' thinking when he stated that America does not go abroad seeking monsters to destroy. In those days it was recognized to be the better part of wisdom for America to be a friend to freedom everywhere but to fight only for its own.

A Call for Focusing on Business at Home

Always perceptive and lucid, Peggy Noonan expounds on where and how America continues to shine and where it requires our attention in this incisive -- and, in spots, beautiful -- Wall Street Journal essay.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Community Ensures What Our Courts Would Not: Quiet and Respectful Funeral for Fallen Hero

On Saturday, April 16, USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan  on April 7, was buried in Brandon, Mississippi.

That, by itself, is a sadly unremarkable – though certainly noteworthy and solemn – occasion for us to mark.


And in fact when Sgt. Rogers’ body returned to Brandon on Thursday, April 14, it was greeted by hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of well-wishers who gathered at the roadside to honor the fallen American hero. The dashboard camera from Mississippi state trooper Elmo Townsend’s cruiser -- the video, together with another copy of this account, can be seen at this site -- gives an indication of the scene.

What is most notable about Sgt. Rogers’ funeral in Brandon, however, is what didn’t happen.


You see, the troglodytes from Westboro Baptist Church had threatened to spew their poison at Sgt. Rogers’ funeral.


But the Westboro mob wasn’t on the scene, and Sgt. Rogers was laid to rest without incident – thank God.


Why weren’t there protestors?
 

Planning ahead by the locals, as it turns out.  

From an Ole Miss sports message board, a tidbit of information:

A couple of days before, one of them (Westboro protestors) ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his arse waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.


Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.


A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.


Fred Phelps, the disbarred lawyer and Democrat activist who leads the Westboro congregation, will undoubtedly pursue some form of legal action for the way his people were thwarted in Brandon. Let him try. There isn’t a jury in Mississippi which will see things his way.


This is a template for how to handle the Westboro people. If lawsuits don’t work, other means will. Whatever it takes to keep them from harassing bereaved military families on the day their fallen loved ones are laid to rest.

Pray for Obama

Do so as I do several times a day,  reciting 

Psalm 109:8

Celebrate Earth Day

Today, April 22, being Earth Day, this is an appropriate occasion to view things in perspective. So here goes.

Predictions made by environmentalists in 1970 -- the year the event was founded:

    * A new Ice Age (Newsweek);

    * A world "eleven degrees colder by the year 2000" (Kenneth Watt);

    * By 1985 air pollution to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half (Life magazine);

    * By 1995 between 75 and 85 percent of all species to be extinct (Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson);

    * Mass starvation (Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes).

Say: "Thank you, thank you, Earth Day! If those 20 million hippies hadn't taken the day off work, we'd all be dead by now!"

P.S.  The Wall Street Journal this week noted the disappearance of a U.N. Environment Programme website that had featured a prediction "that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010" and included a map showing from where those refugees would come. Of course the refugees never materialized  but the Journal expects that by 2021 the unabashed U.N. agency will be predicting the 50 million refugees by 2030.

These guys count on the dying off of those old enough to remember their previous pratfalls and the coming to age of a new generation that can be suckered, keeping in mind the sage observation of H. L. Mencken:  


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep 
the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous 
to be led to safety) by menacing it with 
an endless series of hobgoblins, 
all of them imaginary.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Public Notice from a Friend in Texas

Please be advised I am sick to death of receiving questions about my dog who mauled: 

3 Muslims sitting on a rug next to my back wall,

6 illegal's wearing Obama T-shirts, 

4 Democrats wearing Pelosi T-shirts, 

2 rappers, 

5 phone operators who asked me to press 1 for English, 

 9 teenagers with their pants hanging down past their cracks, 

8 customer service desk people speaking broken English, 

10 flag burners, and 

a smelly Pakistani taxi driver.

FOR THE LAST TIME . . .

THE DOG IS NOT FOR SALE !!!


Bumper Stickers Seen on Military Bases

When In Doubt, Empty The Magazine

Marine Sniper - You Can Run 
But You'll Just Die Tired 

Machine Gunners - Accuracy By Volume

Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and 
Communism, WAR Has Never Solved Anything.
 
U.S. Marines - Certified Counselors 
To the 72 Virgins Dating Club
 
U.S. Air Force - Travel Agents To Allah

Stop Global Whining

Naval Corollary: Dead Men Don't Testify

The Marine Corps - When It Absolutely, 
Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight 

Death Smiles At Everyone 
Marines Smile Back
 
What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist?  
A Little Recoil

Marines - Providing Enemies of America Opportunities 
To Die for Their Country Since 1775

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It
 
Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon
 
It's God's Job To Forgive Bin Laden 
It's The Marines' Job To Arrange The Meeting
 
Artillery Brings Dignity To What Would 
Otherwise Be Just A Vulgar Brawl

One Shot, Twelve Kills 
U.S. Naval Gun Fire Support

My Kid Fought In Iraq 
So Your Kid Can Party In College
 
A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy
Blessed Be The Peacemakers

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Perfect Troika

Crazed murderous cult leader Charles Manson has broken 20 years of silence to voice support for efforts to combat global warming, thus teaming up with Osama Bin Laden and Al Gore to form the perfect Troika to lead that campaign. How could anyone possibly question the rationality of what is being done and attempted with such leadership?

On the Lighter Side

In a world replete with portents that our collective insanity is driving our civilization to extinction, a little relief is necessary. Therefore, here are a couple of snippets from those distant but still remembered days that entertainers actually entertained:

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Marvelously Logical (and Inevitable) Result of Public Employee Unionization

From the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pa.:

    The Scranton police union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the city for an off-duty drug arrest made by Police Chief Dan Duffy in March . . . . 


    The complaint states that "the work of apprehending and arresting individuals has been the sole and exclusive province of members of the bargaining unit," and that the city did not inform or negotiate with the union that the chief would be "performing bargaining unit work . . . ."

    The union president said the chief, as a member of management, should not actively root out crime or randomly patrol neighborhoods while off duty because it violates union agreements that protect rank-and-file officers' employment. 


The union is concerned city administrators will have more leverage to lay off police officers because "Chief Duffy will step in" and do the work, Sgt. [Bob] Martin said.

Notwithstanding the insanity of the foregoing, a friend here in the belly of the demented liberal beast that the San Francisco Bay Area has become -- a perfectly nice but economically ignorant and politically naive guy -- tells me it would be just fine with him if his local firemen were to organize and go out on strike.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Greatest Movie Line Ever

video

Not Your Dad's's American Pie

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From an Old Salt: Our Navy, Then and Now

Then - If you smoked, you had an ashtray on your desk. 
Now - If you smoke, you get sent outside and treated like a leper, if you're lucky.

Then - Mail took weeks to come to the ship. 
Now - Every time you get near land, there's a mob topside to see if their cell phones work.

Then - If you left the ship it was in Blues or Whites, even in home port,
Now - The only time you wear Blues or Whites is for ceremonies.

Then - You wore bell bottoms everywhere on the ship. 
Now - bell bottoms are gone and 14 year-old girls wear them everywhere.

Then - You wore a Dixie cup all day, with every uniform. 
Now - It's not required and you have a choice of different hats.

Then - If you said "damn," people knew you were annoyed and avoided you. 
Now - If you say "damn" you'd better be talking about a hydro electric plant.

Then -The Ships Office yeoman had a typewriter on his desk for doing daily reports. 
Now - Everyone has a computer with Internet access and they wonder why no work is getting done.

Then - We painted pictures of pretty girls on airplanes to remind us of home. 
Now - We put the real thing in the cockpit.

Then - Your girlfriend was at home, praying you would return alive. 
Now - She is on the same ship, praying your condom worked.

Then - If you got drunk off duty, your buddies would take you back to the ship so you could sleep it off. 
Now - If you get drunk off duty, they slap you in rehab and ruin your career.

Then - Canteens were made out of steel and you could heat coffee or hot Chocolate in them. 
Now - Canteens are made of plastic, you can't heat them because they'll melt, and anything inside always tastes like plastic.

Then - Our top officers were professional sailors first.  They commanded respect. 
Now - Our top officers are politicians first. They beg not to be given a Wedgie.

Then - They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it. 
Now - They collect our pee and analyze it.

Then - If you didn't act right, they'd put you on extra duty until you straightened up. 
Now - If you don't act right, they start a paper trail that follows you Forever.

Then - Medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own. 
Now - Medals are awarded to people who show up for work most of the time.

Then - You slept in a barracks, like a soldier. 
Now - You sleep in a dormitory, like a college kid.

Then - You ate in a Mess Hall or Galley.  It was free and you could have all the food you wanted. 
Now - You eat in a Dining Facility.  Every slice of bread or pat of butter costs, and you can only have one.

Then - If you wanted to relax, you went to the Rec Center, played pool, smoked and drank beer. 
Now -You go to the Community Center and can still play pool, maybe.

Then - If you wanted a quarter beer and conversation, you could go to the Chief's or Officers' Club. 
Now - The beer will cost you three dollars and someone is watching to see how much you drink.

Then - The Exchange had bargains for sailors who didn't make much money. 
Now - You can get better merchandise and cheaper at Wal-Mart.

Then - If an Admiral wanted to make a presentation, he scribbled down some notes and a YN spent an hour preparing a bunch of charts. 
Now - The Admiral has his entire staff spending days preparing a Power Point Presentation.

Then - We called the enemy things like "Commie Bastards" and "Reds" because we didn't like them. 
Now - We call the enemy things like "Opposing Forces" and "Aggressors or Insurgents" so we won't offend them.

Then - We declared victory when the enemy was dead and all his things were broken. 
Now - We declare victory when the enemy says he is sorry and won't do it again.

Then - A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people. 
Now - A commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt.

Thank God I was  in the "Old Navy" . . . and proud of it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why Officialdom Is So Furious About WikiLeaks

Our rulers are in high dudgeon over the publication by WikiLeaks of secret cables they hoped never would be exposed to ordinary citizens. The cables were classified not in the interests of national security but to avoid upsetting the rubes -- meaning you, me, and almost all of the rest of our fellow citizens -- over what the rulers have been and are doing.  Their exposure is what has them seething in a snarling rage.

So, what do those cables contain?

Take a look at this rundown.

The truth may not set you free but it should set you to thinking.

A Hilarious and Appalling Performance

The world's greatest orator embarrassingly stumbled this week as he gave a matinee performance in which he endeavored to clamor aboard the deficit reduction train as it was chugging out of the station.

The hilarious aspect of the Obama speech was his assignment of crazy Joe Biden -- who was shown snoozing in the background -- to produce a "bipartisan" deficit reduction program. Even though he was seen to be nodding off while the president was doing this, the vice president doesn't have a nodding acquaintance with the concept of bipartisanship. Throughout his career, he has been notable for three things -- (i) frequent gaffs, (ii) political thoughts spanning the full range from the inane to the insane, and (iii) a remarkably surprising and rare record of consistency -- almost every pronouncement and position he has put forth has turned out to be wrong.

The most appalling aspect of the oration was Mr. Obama's reference to money left in the hands of those who earn it as tax code spending. The horrific underlying assumption of this description is that everything people earn and have really belongs to the government, and therefore anything the government does not confiscate through taxes constitutes an expenditure by the government of assets to which it is entitled.   

More On America's Gulag

There's more here from the American Gulag that is the subject of yesterday's post on our government's despicable treatment of one of our imprisoned fellow citizens.

It is obvious that the goal of the torture to which Bradley Manning is being subject is to break him psychologically, to destroy his will, so that he can be programed as a puppet to be trotted out and presented in public saying and doing whatever our government officials wish.

Amazing Grace in the Roman Coliseum

To see and hear a great piece of music magnificently staged in a spectacular setting and beautifully sung and performed, visit this site.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

U.S. Setting Despicable Standard for Immorality and Barbaric Torture

Suspected of the most serious of all crimes -- embarrassing the government and government officials -- Bradley Manning has for ten months been and is continuing to be inhumanely imprisoned and tortured by the U.S. without trial.

Mr. Manning is the young soldier accused of having  furnished to WikiLeaks for public exposure classified diplomatic cables. The cables revealed substantial deceit, brutality, illegality, and corruption in and by our government and others allied and working in concert with it.

I, for one, think that the evil machinations of officialdom constantly cry out for, and sorely need exposure, and that the benefits of their exposure almost always greatly outweigh the damage caused.

However, irrespective of what one thinks about that, any actions Mr. Manning may have taken to expose to the light of day the misdeeds of government are insignificant in comparison to the horrific cruelty with which our officials have treated and are continuing to treat him. 

In considering what is being done to Mr. Manning in our name, which can be read about in the Salon.com report that can be seen here and its update that is accessible here, keep in mind that, you or I or anyone who arouses the wrath of officialdom could be made to suddenly disappear, held indefinitely without trial, and subjected to similar barbaric cruelties.

A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious

A conservative magazine is out this morning with a headline noting that Vice President Biden nodded off while the Chosen One was delivering his deficit screed yesterday.

Well, duh ! ! ! !

Most of the rest of are aware that Mr. Biden in fact nodded off decades ago.

In fact though, there was little reason to stay awake for our supreme leader's rantings against any realistic effort to get put the nation's finances in order . . . unless, that is, one is fascinated by a display, which has been noted in a more polite way in this Wall Street Journal exposition, of how reptilian our political leadership has become. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

There's Much Less to Deal's Budget Cuts Than Meets the Eye

Our rulers have proclaimed a deal that supposedly will cut federal spending by something between $38 billion and $39 billion in the current fiscal year.

Balderdash, hogwash, humbug, and bull s _ _ t!

What they actually have done, as is shown by the Associated Press in this report and The Wall Street Journal in this one, is to prove once again that although figures don't lie, liars can figure.

The claimed cuts are pretty measly, but it turns out that lot of them aren't even real.

P.S.  Furthermore, as is set forth in this more recent analysis of the deal, its impact on the deficit during the federal government's current fiscal year will be insignificant and almost imperceptible.  

Monday, April 11, 2011

Astounding Security Hypocrisy

Those whose lives are more important than yours or mine are taking steps to heighten their safety and security.

Our news media in recent weeks have carried, tucked away in their obscure spots, numerous reports of how public officials have increased their armed security forces and even taken steps to arm themselves. California legislators, to mention just one of the numerous available examples of this trend, are arming the sergeants at arms in their legislative chambers and seeking to be able to carry arms in the state capitol themselves.

One cannot help but wonder about the extent to which this is due to their harboring, deep down and perhaps even at an unconscious level, a fearful recognition  that they deserve retribution from the people they have been fleecing for so many years.

The breathtaking hypocrisy in this is that our rulers are doing this while continuing to make it difficult or impossible for ordinary citizens to keep and bear arms to defend themselves.

A Few Government Shutdown Observations and Questions

Had there been a real and unresolved impasse that caused a government shutdown, we are told that the shutdown would have been a partial one and that "essential government operations" would have continued.

In the absence of the enactment of appropriation legislation, how would the "essential operations" have been funded?

Also, given the government's dire financial situation, why is it not cutting back and funding only "essential operations" anyway?

Our so-called new media have reported that some 800,000 federal employees would have been furloughed had the shutdown occurred. Since the government has about 2,000,000 civilian employees, this means that roughly 60 % of the government's operations would have continued, unaffected by the so-called shutdown while a hardly noticeable  40 % would have been curtailed or halted. Doesn't seem all that scary or such a big deal.

The political deal that avoided a governmental shutdown was reached late Thursday night in the same way that most governmental decisions are made -- in secret and under the cover of darkness. Is the political horse trading that takes place really so ugly that they cannot stand the light of day or exposure to the nation's citizens? I guess that to ask the question is to answer it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Curtain Falls on GOPPPP's Scripted Budget Capitulation

Turns out, sadly, that I was right in viewing the well publicized 'budget negotiations' as phony political theater with a predetermined denouement.

The closing scene, which was staged last night, was no surprise. President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had made it clear that they would welcome a government shutdown if they didn't get what they wanted. On the other hand, Speaker of the House John Boehner clearly was terrified at the thought of, and prepared to do whatever was necessary to avoid a shutdown.

One can imagine the backstage 'negotiations' that took place in this context. Mr. Boehner must have been sweating and pleading for a sop -- something that would enable him to claim to his party's supporters that he had fought hard and achieved everything possible for them rather than being seen as being dragged in chains behind a chariot bearing the triumphant Democrat leaders.

Thus Mr. Boehner emerged with a spending cut that Lee Rodgers here accurately describes as saving a few drops of water in an ocean of over-spending, and trying to convince the rubes that the little pile of peas that he has saved really is a big pile of peas. Obama and Reid won continued funding of Obamacare, continued funding of the nation's largest abortion providing organization, continued funding of almost all of their other odious innovations and programs, and an unscathed spending culture.

The unhappy fact is that the Republican leadership, notwithstanding what its members say, is a tower of jello with no core values or principles. They stand for nothing. The GOP has become the GOPPPP -- the Gutless Old Posturing, Preening, and Pretending Party.

As Obama and his sycophantic lefttrickle press joyously were proclaiming as they came out this morning it's business as usual today.

P. J. O'Rourke had it exactly right when he chose the title for his Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards book.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

No More Wars on the Cheap: When and How To Fight

Veterans of the faculty lounge wars in our nation's elite universities seem to have no problem with sending other lesser individuals into combat . . . to wage wars for purposes that enable members of our (combat experience exempt) ruling class to feel noble and good about themselves.

Our militarily inexperienced chalk stick tossing academicians appear to be not the least bit troubled by ignoring the provisions embodied in the Constitution that were intended to ensure that going to war and the ramifications of doing so would be broadly and carefully examined, debated, and considered before the onset of hostilities.

When then should the nation go to war?

Unless we are responding to an actual attack or an imminent threat, I suggest that, as a minimum, there must be:

*  A vital national interest or the security of America and/or Americans at stake,

*  A clearly defined and achievable military mission,

*  Overwhelming and sustainable support by the nation's citizens, and

*  A clear understanding of what will constitute success enabling our forces to stand down.

These criteria are not easily met. That is why the nation's founders made Congress rather than the president responsible for declaring war.  Sending troops into harms way with anything less is recklessly shooting craps with their lives and well being.

After Congress has acted, the president, as commander in chief, is responsible for implementing the decision and deciding how to do so. Once committed to, and engaged in a war, it behooves the commander in chief and the country to do anything and everything necessary to bring the hostilities to a successful conclusion by achieving absolute and complete victory as efficiently and expeditiously as possible. Anything less holds cheap the lives and well being of our troops.

The above thoughts recall a debate in which I years ago found myself with an academician who -- with the Olympian detachment that characterizes our current administration -- argued that it was immoral for President Truman and the U.S. to have ended World War II by using atomic weapons against Japan. He argued that the estimated combat losses that continuation of the war by conventional means would have entailed had been exaggerated. I at the time thought (and still believe) that this was incorrect but I also maintained that it was irrelevant. I  argued and still believe -- though it enraged my professor friend -- that dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified and worthwhile if doing so saved the life of even a single American serviceman. 

Insofar as war is concerned, the president and commander in chief is responsible and accountable for the national interests and the military men and women of the United States; all other considerations are irrelevant. 

Humanitarian Humbug

Wars supposedly waged with immaculate motives, for purportedly humanitarian rather than self interested purposes, almost always seem to have unanticipated and unwanted consequences. On the other hand, wars waged to defend or advance real national interests appear to have far better outcomes and to cause significantly less harm for everyone involved. The situation and the logical reasons underlying it are dispassionately set forth in this clear headed Stratfor Global Intelligence appraisal.

Good Idea . . . . But Would It Really Help?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

You Can't Make Up Stuff Like This

Obama gets openness award in private

President gets award for making gov't transparent

Thursday, 31 Mar 2011, 1:59 PM CDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has accepted an award for making the government more open and transparent — presented to him behind closed doors. No media coverage or public access was allowed at the ceremony.

For full story, click here.

"Temporary" Taxes

Politicians who push for purportedly "temporary" taxes, tax increases, and their purportedly "temporary" extensions devoutly worship at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Renewal.

Neither Muslims Nor Our Leftrickle Media See the Irony

The loonies in Muslim countries are again on a  rampage -- murdering, raping, maiming, and looting -- to demonstrate outrage over the burning of a copy of the Koran by a dim witted American clergyman with an infinitesimal following.

It seems not to have occurred to either the protesting demonstrators or our Leftrickle Media reporting the events that the book that was destroyed was one of the huge number of copies of the  Koran that are to be found and read freely in the U.S. while the protests are being staged in countries in which the Bible cannot be found at all. Any Bible in the possession of someone entering those countries will be seized and destroyed by government officials at the entry point at the border, and anyone in the country found owning or reading a copy will be destroyed along with the book.

Our Failing and Unaccountable Financial System

Anyone who has not already seen the movie Inside Job should get it from a video source and watch it at the earliest opportunity. Despite some minor errors on certain details, it does a superb job of portraying how our leading financial and governmental institutions and their executives created the economic crisis and collapse that has impoverished the nation and its people . . . and profited hugely from doing so. In addition, the film clearly shows that those responsible for the mess have not only escaped accountability but also been allowed to retain their ill gotten wealth and either to walk away with it or to go on to get even bigger, richer, and more powerful today.

Not To Be Missed

Lee Rodgers was at the top of his game Saturday. Don't miss that pithy wisdom that can be shared by clicking here and then scrolling down to what he posted on April 2.